NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEU

first_imgRon Dennison finally stopped the bleeding for FEU with a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game but the Tamaraws blew several cracks at the basket and had a crucial turnover off the inbound to help the Bulldogs’ case.Arvin Tolentino misfired on a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.The Tams squandered a golden opportunity to close in on a semifinals spot. A win would’ve gotten them at least a playoff for the fourth spot.Tolentino and Dennison scored 21 points apiece for FEU, which fell to 6-7.ADVERTISEMENT “This is what I was expecting from our players. Our maturity. Like what we said, we can fast track talent, but the maturity, the experience that you cannot fasttrack so I’m just happy right now because I saw the maturity today,” said NU head coach Jamike Jarin after his team improved to 5-8.“I hope it’s not too late. I’m just very proud of all the players,” Jarin said. FEU made a run at the start and in the middle of the third, but we never bowed down and that was the maturity that we’ve always wanted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bulldogs stared at a 79-64 deficit before Alejandro and Gaye willed the team back. A 3-pointer by Alejandro gave NU the lead for good, 82-81, with 4:51 remaining.The graduating guard, who also had six rebounds and nine assists, then, capped a 20-2 run by the Bulldogs with a layup. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University stayed in Final Four contention after rallying past Far Eastern University, 87-84, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With the Bulldogs’ season on the line, J-Jay Alejandro took over in the fourth quarter, where he fired 11 of his 17 points.ADVERTISEMENT Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship PLAY LIST 01:16Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UCF’s Tacko Fall is 7-foot-6, and his game is still growing Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Draxler ready to pick up mantle

first_imgJulian Draxler has told Kylian Mbappe to do all he can to be fit to face Liverpool, but the Germany international is ready to step up for Paris Saint-Germain if needed.Mbappe and fellow star Neymar were injured in the international break to put their participation in the game in doubt, but coach Thomas Tuchel suggested on Friday they could return on Wednesday.PSG are third in their Champions League group, a point behind both Napoli and Liverpool with two games remaining, making a positive result against the Reds crucial, and Draxler knows he may have to deliver if the two forwards are not back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “If both players are injured, we still have a lot of good qualities in the team. Many other players can score or make assists, like me,” he said. Julian Draxler: “We hope that @neymarjr and @KMbappe play on Wednesday. At the same time, we have other great players who can play”— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) November 23, 2018 But Draxler is keen to see PSG at full strength as they look ahead to a pivotal match.”I have spoken with Kylian and I told him: ‘You have three or four days left to prepare for Liverpool, it will be important for us’,” he said. “In the dressing room, we talk about that.”It’s clear. We are not afraid, we know it’s a decisive game. We’ll play a good game against Toulouse [on Saturday] and then we’ll think about Liverpool.”We have to play better than there [at Anfield in a 3-2 defeat]. I think everybody will be ready and I am very happy to have the opportunity to play a match like that in front of our supporters.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Best Dives to Introduce Semi-submarine at Crossroads

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)EMBOODHOO LAGOON, Maldives, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As part of an initiative to acquaint visitors with the breath-taking underwater lives in the Maldives, Best Dives Pvt Ltd is preparing to introduce a semi-submarine as part of the company’s excursion activities at CROSSROARDS.CROSSROADS, the largest integrated destination in the Maldives, developed by premier property development and investment holding company Singha Estate Public Company Limited, is set to redefine the Maldives’ vacation experience and captivate the international family-leisure markets to the Maldives.The new semi-submarine is intended to provide an introductory experience to visitors who are keen to see the rich underwater lives in the Maldives. The semi-submarine will acquaint hesitant visitors to the joys of experiencing the diverse ecosystem that inhabits the oceans surrounding the islands. Best Dives expects the semi-submarine to be an excellent stepping stone to other water sports such as snorkelling and SCUBA diving.Best Dives was appointed by Singha Estate to provide a wide-range of water activities and excursions for the CROSSROADS project. This includes SCUBA diving, motorized and non-motorized water sports activities and various excursions that will showcase the natural beauty of the Maldives both above and underwater, as well as the unique Maldivian cultures.Best Dives is one of the leading and fastest growing diving and watersports companies in the Maldives. The Gold and Silver Awards winner for the Leading Activity/Watersports Centre by South Asian Travel Awards 2018 has had an established Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and emergency action plans for every recreational activity the company offers. Best Dives maintains a special focus on the security and safety to all aspects of the company’s operations. Best Dives staff also undergo regular safety trainings and the company maintains a high number of staff members with Emergency First Responder certification.advertisement”At this point, things are starting to take shape. This submersible submarine is a key addition to the experience that CROSSROADS is offering.Lots of key aspects are starting to come into play to be ready for next year’s opening. Seeing partners come together to make this happen is a wonderful feeling,” said Thiti Thongbenjamas, Chief Operating Officer of CROSSROADS.About CROSSROADSThe development of the CROSSROADS project is set to redefine the Maldives’ vacation experience as the first integrated leisure and recreation destination that will attract and captivate the international family-leisure markets to the Maldives.Inspired by cultures from the East and the West at the crossing of Maritime Silk Road, the project is situated within the 7 km-long lagoon just 15 minutes from Male International Airport by speed boat presenting an easy access and unique offerings for travellers as well as the residents of the capital city. Featuring a luxurious yacht marina and a rich combination of hotels, entertainment, one-of-a-kind lifestyle beach club, retail and fine dining, the project also houses a cultural centre that will promote the life and crafts of the islands nation and introduce global practice sustainable tourism schemes dedicated to preserving the bio-diversity of the Maldives’ prestigious marine ecosystem and enhancing the well-being of the local community.Singha Estate Public Company Limited123, Suntowers Building B, 22nd Floor, Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road,Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, ThailandT: +66 (0) – read more

Young: Rashford is a special talent

first_imgManchester United ‘Special talent’ Rashford tipped for the top by Man Utd colleague Young Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:12 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Premier League England v Germany England Friendlies The Red Devils forward continues to work hard on his game, with those around him at Old Trafford convinced that he is going to get even better Marcus Rashford is a “special talent” and a player destined to reach the very top of the game, says Manchester United team-mate Ashley Young.The promising forward is no longer a teenager, having recently celebrated his 20th birthday, but remains one of the most exciting young talents in world football.United 14/1 to win PL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United have seen him star for club and country since bursting onto the scene under Louis van Gaal, with Rashford now as important for England as he is the Red Devils.Young believes that his Old Trafford colleague also boasts the potential to get even better, with there a desire on his part to seek continuous improvement.”I saw him when he was coming up through the ranks at United,” Young told reporters on Rashford while both are away on international duty with England.”He obviously got his debut straight away and kicked on from there.”I always said all along, for me, he’s a special talent. He was always going to go a long way.”Even now he’s got his feet on the ground and he wants to learn. He just wants to better himself each day.”I think the manager is having to drag him off the training pitch every day because he is just wanting to better himself. It’s refreshing to see a kid like that just wanting to get to the top.”You may no longer be a teen but you’re still The Kid. Happy birthday @MarcusRashford— Ashley Young (@youngy18) October 31, 2017Rashford has had to tweak his game somewhat after being forced out of his favoured central striking berth to take up a wider role for United and England.He has impressed in such a post, with his seven-goal haul for the Red Devils this season helping to keep Anthony Martial on the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s plans.Young added: “For me, as a senior pro, you got the chance to watch the Under-18s and you could tell he was going to be a big talent.”Speaking to him even at that young age, he was one of them who just wanted to learn and to be the best.”I’m delighted for him because he wants to work and learn and he’s doing fantastically well.”Rashford will be hoping to get among the goals again during the international break, with England set to take in glamour friendly ties at Wembley with Germany and Brazil as preparations for next summer’s World Cup finals are stepped up.last_img read more

Levante boss praises Shaq Moore

first_imgPrimera División Levante manager praises Shaq Moore for impressive La Liga debut Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 03:59 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Muniz Levante 08212017 Jose Jordan Primera División Levante The 21-year-old American defender impressed in his La Liga debut, generating praise from his manager after Sunday’s win against Las Palmas American defender Shaq Moore’s La Liga debut went about as well as he could have hoped. More helped Levante post a shutout in a big 2-0 road win against Las Palmas, and generated plenty of praise for his performance.Among those praising Moore was Levante manager Juan Roman Lopez Muniz, who wasn’t surprised to see the 21-year-old fullback play well.”We never had any doubt,” Muniz told reporters after Sunday’s victory. “He’s a player that we’ve said for a long time that he’s young, he comes from the second team, that comes from a lower level, and the level in the first division is high, and he had a rival in front of high of high quality, but we knew he would do well. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He’s a serious kid, disciplined, hard-working, with some important characteristics,” Muniz said. “Physically. He’s a marvel, fast, he can handle the ball, so we didn’t have doubts that he would do badly. He was very calm in that position.”Moore made his way into the Levante starting lineup due to an injury to captain Pedro Lopez, and could be called on to start again next week when Levante takes on Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

Middlesbrough appoint Tony Pulis as new boss

first_imgChampionship Middlesbrough appoint Tony Pulis as new manager Alex Fisher 20:51 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) tonypulis - cropped Twitter (@Boro) Championship Premier League Middlesbrough The former West Brom and Stoke boss is relishing the chance to take on the challenge of turning their inconsistent Championship season around Championship underachievers Middlesbrough have turned to Tony Pulis in a bid to boost their hopes of an immediate Premier League return.Boro dismissed Garry Monk after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, who also parted company with Carlos Carvalhal following that game.Monk left the club ninth in the table, three points off the play-offs, with Pulis now brought in to help bridge that gap, although he will watch Tuesday’s match against Bolton Wanderers from the stands as Craig Liddle takes caretaker charge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pulis was sacked by West Brom last month and had been linked with the Wales job, Swansea City and even a return to Stoke City, with Mark Hughes under pressure.Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager #UTB— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) December 26, 2017The 59-year-old told the club’s official website: “I wanted a challenge – a real challenge – and this reminds me so much of Stoke when I went there with [chairman] Peter Coates.”[Boro chairman] Steve Gibson is a football man who understands the game. I have great respect for him as a person and an owner.”I really am looking forward to this. The immediate challenge is finding out about the football club and as a team we have to get as many points as can, as quickly as we can.”I wanted to come at this time because we have so many games in a short space of time, and I can assess everything.”No details over the length of Pulis’ deal were disclosed. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Call for NTL referees

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified level 4, 5 and 6 referees to be considered to attend the 2019 National Touch League (NTL) from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th March 2019.Nominations close 19th December 2018.The event will again be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, NSW.We encourage you to read the following information closely: Referee Nomination InformationIf you have any questions, contact Colette Ritchie at TFA via

Royal Caribbean Sails toward Another Record Year

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises witnessed a 60 percent surge in its quarterly net income, which stood at USD 369.5 million in the second quarter, up from USD 229.9 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016.The company’s operating income also surged by 48 percent in the quarter, reaching USD 419.6 million compared to USD 282.2 million reported in the same three-month period in 2016.Gross yields were up 10.2% on a constant-currency basis. Net yields on a constant-currency basis increased 11.5%, exceeding prior guidance due to strong close-in demand driving higher pricing and occupancy.The cruise company’s net income for the first six months of 2017 reached USD 584.2 million, up from USD 329 million reported in the same period a year earlier. The operating income for the period stood at USD 699.2 million, up from USD 445.4 million seen in the first half of 2016.“Our brands are executing beautifully, keeping the business in an exceptionally strong position,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, said.“Strong close-in demand for cruise bolstered the quarter, and we see further uplift for the balance of the year, positioning us well for the Double-Double and beyond,” Fain added.Additionally, the company updated its full year adjusted EPS guidance to a range of USD 7.35 to USD 7.45, a USD 0.30 increase at the midpoint versus previous guidance.Royal Caribbean Cruises said that its booked position for the remainder of 2017 continues to set new records. Looking further ahead, the company’s booked position for the next twelve months is also strong, up on both rate and volume, versus the same time last year.Net yields for the year on a constant-currency basis are expected to increase 5.5% to 6%, up relative to prior guidance due to the better results in the second quarter as well as stronger trends for the balance of the year.“Demand has remained strong, and we have captured the related revenue opportunity,” Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, said.“These demand trends and continued cost discipline have resulted in the highest second quarter earnings in company history and have put us in position for another record year and achieving our Double-Double targets,” Liberty added.last_img read more

Drug Seizure at Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

first_imgA package was found on the roof of the Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Yarmouth and another was thrown into an exercise area later in the day on Saturday, Aug. 13, Department of Justice officials said today, Aug. 14. The package on the roof, containing 69 pills and tobacco, was discovered around 2:30 p.m. About an hour later, a package was thrown over a wall of the facility into an exercise court. Two people were seen running away from the perimeter fence and the RCMP were notified. Eight offenders were in the exercise court at the time. A short time later they were observed drinking from a liquor bottle and smoking. The offenders refused to leave the area. The facility went into lockdown and an incident response team was assembled. The incident was resolved peacefully when the offenders agreed to return to their cells around 7 p.m. A search of the exercise area found three small empty pill bottles and a small plastic empty liquor bottle hidden in a storm drain. No contraband was uncovered during a search of the offenders. The lockdown ended at about 8:30 p.m. Department of Justice officials are reviewing the incident.last_img read more

Stars Help USO Celebrate 75 Years

first_imgTo mark its 75th anniversary, the USO welcomed tour veterans, Medal of Honor recipients, military leaders, corporate partners and members of the USO Congressional Caucus to a reception earlier this month at The Hay-Adams, a historic hotel and Washington, D.C., landmark.Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks to kick off the evening and Tina Tchen, first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, read a letter from President Barack Obama honoring the USO on its anniversary.Actor Dennis Haysbert hosted the evening’s festivities and shared a few anecdotes from his USO tour experiences before introducing Retired Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., the chairman of the USO Board of Governors. Casey, the 36th Army Chief of Staff, recognized Bob Hope’s daughter, Linda, and thanked her for her family’s continued commitment to the organization.“We will never forget your dad and the way he boosted the morale of American service members around the world and brought those brave men and women home to us by televising his USO tours,” Casey said.USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered heartfelt remarks before “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek talked about connecting with service members in isolated locations during his 13 USO tours.Five-time USO tour veteran Craig Morgan sang for the crowd of more than 300 while fellow tour veterans Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs and Carla Hall looked on.To read the full article and to see photos, click here.Source:USOlast_img read more

West Fraser announces changes to operating schedules at sawmills

first_imgThe variable operating schedules for sawmill operations and the curtailment of plywood operations in B.C. are expected to commence September 16.West Fraser anticipates continuing the variable operating schedules at its B.C. sawmills until market and economic conditions support a return to full production. CHETWYND, B.C. – West Fraser has announced that it will be introducing variable operating schedules at five of its British Columbia sawmills.In a release, the company says these changes will result in an estimated decrease of production in the range of 15 to 25 percent of the current B.C. lumber production and will include operations at the sawmill in Chetwynd.West Fraser says the potential effect of the revised operating schedules could be an aggregate reduction by up to an estimated 100 million board feet through to the end of the year.last_img read more

70 of Moroccans Satisfied With Train Services ONCF Director

Rabat – ONCF director says customer satisfaction with Moroccan train services exceeds 70 percent.Following recent complaints against the Moroccan train services in the past few months, Head of the ONCF Rabie Khlie was summoned to the House of Representatives on Wednesday to answer MPs’ questions regarding the national train operator’s quality of services.Echoing users’ most common complaints, members of the House of Representatives said that Moroccan trains lack air conditioning, an adequate number of seats, and always come late. Some MPs from the opposition said that they have received complaints concerning hygiene problems and maintenance of train wagons. Khlie, however, insisted that most passengers are pleased with services on the Moroccan trains.Referring to a recent survey conducted by the ONCF itself, Khlie said that over 70 percent of the ONCF’s customers were satisfied.Rabie Khlie also unveiled the ONCF’s plan to extend its current lines and launch a new line from Marrakesh to Agadir. The project will cost the Moroccan railway operator more than MAD 24 million.Rabie further stated that new lines toward Beni Mellal and Safi would be launched in the coming years.Najib Boulif, who was also summoned to the parliament, seemed to have doubts regarding the statistics presented by Rabie Khlie. He said he hoped the “ONCF will give more realistic statistics in the future.”As for the projects to extend railway lines, Najib Boulif confirmed that 85 percent of Moroccan cities with populations exceeding 50,000 will be linked to the national transport network, particularly via railways or air transport, by the years 2035-2054.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

PSG Offered EUR 150 million for Cristiano Ronaldo

Rabat – French football (soccer) club, Paris Saint-German, is determined to sign Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo at any cost.Based on previous bids, PSG has offered EUR 150 million for the football superstar, although without any luck.According to Globoesporte, PSG attempted to sign Ronaldo during the last summer transfer window offering EUR 150 million, but Real Madrid denied the offer. PSG is not expected to give up and they will allegedly persevere in trying to get the Portuguese sports celebrity.PSG is not the only club who wants Ronaldo. Manchester United has also expressed its interest in signing the three-time and reigning FIFA best player in the world.Yet, according to Globoesporte, the French club is the only club that put in a real offer. PSG’s likelihood of signing Ronaldo could be a possibility, since the athlete has spoken positively about Paris Saint-German, saying “they are a great club”.Besides being an exceptionally skilled soccer player, he Ronaldo has become a worldwide superstar. Landing the #3 spot in Forbes 2015 list of world’s highest paid athletes, Ronaldo at 30 years of age, makes US $52.6 million a year in salary and US $27 million in endorsements.The world’s most popular athlete with his good looks is making football clubs bid real high to attain him.Edited by Karla Dieseldorff read more

UN rights chief deplores conditions for civilians trapped in Sri Lanka fighting

“The perilous situation of civilians after many months of fighting, multiple displacements and heavy rains and flooding is extremely worrying,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a news release.Ms. Pillay is the latest UN official, along with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other heads of UN agencies, to express her concerns directly to the Government. “We are all seriously alarmed by the situation,” she said, “as are many of the NGOs and other organizations operating in Sri Lanka.” An estimated 250,000 civilians are trapped in areas of northern Sri Lanka where fighting continues between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Nearly 5,000 people have managed to cross the zones held by the group to Government-controlled areas since late November, according to the UN. Gordon Weiss, spokesman for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, said UN international staff members today accompanied a convoy of hundreds of wounded civilians away from the front lines.UN staff, he added, witnessed the injury and deaths of dozens of people over the weekend at close quarters, while the hospitals in the area are being overwhelmed by the numbers of wounded. “The fighting is only intensifying,” he said, in an interview with UN Radio.Ms. Pillay expressed concern at the highly restricted access to the Vanni region for aid agencies and impartial outside observers, including journalists and human rights monitors, noting that it “only adds to concerns that the situation may be even worse than we realize.”She also cited reports of forced recruitment, including of children, as well as the use of civilians as human shields by the LTTE. She condemned the fact that safe zones promised by the Government have subsequently been subjected to bombardment leading to civilian casualties. “People trying to flee the conflict areas are reported to have either been prevented from doing so, or to have been arbitrarily detained in special centres,” she said. “It seems there may have been very grave breaches of human rights by both sides in the conflict, and it is imperative that we find out more about what exactly has been going on. It is also urgent that civilians in the north can find safe shelter, away from the fighting.” The conflict had reached a “critical” stage, noted the High Commissioner. “While the Government has made military gains on one hand, the rule of law has been undermined on the other. “The killing of the prominent newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge earlier this month was the latest blow to the free expression of dissent in Sri Lanka. The searing article he wrote prophesying his own murder is an extraordinary indictment of a system corrupted by more than two decades of bloody internal conflict.” She noted that there had not been any successful investigations or prosecutions of political killings, disappearances and other violations committed in recent years. “It is the Government’s duty to provide safety to all Sri Lanka’s citizens, whatever their ethnic origin or political views,” Ms. Pillay said. “That means not only protecting civilians during military operations in the north, but also ensuring space for journalists and human rights defenders to seek out the truth and expose abuses.” 29 January 2009Reports of the rapidly deteriorating conditions for some 250,000 civilians trapped in war-torn northern Sri Lanka have sparked concern from the United Nations human rights chief, who is also alarmed by alleged human rights abuses, civilian casualties and massive displacement in the area. read more

The big banks are hiking their fees — but experts say complacent

TORONTO — Several of Canada’s biggest banks are upping the fees that they charge customers even as they continue to rake in hefty profits, and experts say Canadians are likely too complacent to do much about it.TD Bank boosted a number of the fees associated with its personal deposit accounts starting March 1, including increasing the cost of using a non-TD ATM to $2 from $1.50.The lender also introduced a $75 fee to transfer a tax-free savings account to another institution.The large banks are just betting that the average consumer will just take it“We recognize that any changes can be challenging for customers and only after careful review do we increase our prices,” said TD spokeswoman Daria Hill.“We’re transparent about communicating these changes to our customers and we encourage customers to come and talk to us. There are ways for customers to avoid or minimize the impact of these changes, and we can help guide them to the options that best suit their needs.”Meanwhile, CIBC has since boosted the minimum balance needed to avoid paying a monthly fee for its Everyday Chequing Account to $2,000 from $1,000 and raised the fee for each transaction over 12 to $1.25, from $1.CIBC spokeswoman Caroline Van Hasselt said that although the bank did increase some fees this year, it also revamped its CIBC Smart Account to charge customers less during months when they bank less and to cap fees during more active months.Planning a summer escape? 23 ways to get away as a family without breaking the bankPeace of mind or just another headache? The pros and cons of putting your finances on auto pilotDown payment hike will only squeeze out more first-time home buyers, a top mortgage insurer warns“This helps to ensure that you’re always in the right account because it automatically adjusts to your needs,” Van Hasselt said in a statement.Meanwhile, Scotiabank and the Bank of Montreal are increasing some of fees associated with their credit cards.The changes come as the banks face pressures from low oil prices, slowing loan growth and rock-bottom interest rates.Despite those headwinds, Canada’s five biggest banks — TD, CIBC, Scotiabank, BMO and Royal Bank — earned a combined $8.12 billion of profit in their fiscal second quarters.That’s up from $8.07 billion in the same period last year.Ken Whitehurst, executive director of the Consumers Council of Canada, says it’s normal for banks — and other businesses — to raise fees they charge consumers even as they operate at a profit.“The banks have costs to cover and expectations from the marketplace about what their return on capital should be,” says Whitehurst.“They’re always going to be looking to increase margins as much as the market will bear. That’s what all businesses do.”Neil Gross, executive director of investor rights group FAIR Canada, says for the most part Canadian consumers are too complacent in terms of tolerating fees from companies such as banks, rather than switching to lower-cost options such as credit unions or some of the emerging financial technology startups.“The large banks are just betting that the average consumer will just take it and will have too much inertia to move their accounts to some other alternative,” Gross said.“We definitely need to be noisier and more willing to move to the innovators who do respond, or even the more established banks … Consumers should be prepared to reward those who are competitive.”Jackie Rosen of, a website that allows consumers to compare banking fees and other rates, says the key is to do as much research as possible on the various products available.“You always have to compare who’s offering what and see what’s best for you,” says Rosen. “It’s always best to shop around.” read more

UN envoys hold meetings in Sudan on supporting African Union forces there

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi and Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, together with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, held a meeting in Khartoum with the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Al-Tigani Fadhel, followed by a meeting with First Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha. Over the weekend, the three UN envoys visited Darfur, where they met with African Union officials and UN personnel operating in the area. Discussions focused on the humanitarian and security situation.Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended a three-phase approach for deploying forces in Darfur, with the first phase involving an authorized strength of 3,320. The second phase would entail deployments through August expanding the African Union mission to 5,887, and the final phase would require more than 12,000 military and police personnel to carry out a complex, multidimensional operation. read more

Oil prices push higher as Iraq refinery battle weighs on supply fears

Oil prices push higher as Iraq refinery battle weighs on supply fears The price of oil climbed Thursday as Iraqi troops and Islamic insurgents battled for control of the country’s largest oil refinery.By late Thursday the refinery remained in government hands. All of the facility’s output is used domestically so crude production and exports aren’t affected. But the violence underscores how the fighting may threaten the energy infrastructure that Iraq is rebuilding to meet global demand.The price of U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery rose 46 cents to $106.43 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 80 cents to US$115.06 a barrel in London, setting a fresh nine-month high.On Thursday, President Barack Obama said he was dispatching up to 300 U.S. military advisers to help quell the insurgency in Iraq. Though not specifically mentioning airstrikes, Obama also said he was leaving open the possibility of “targeted and precise military action” in the future.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose three cents to US$3.13 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose one cent to US$3.05 a gallon and natural gas fell eight cents to US$4.58 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2014 1:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iraq UN educational agency condemns killing of Baghdad university professor

The United Nations educational agency in Iraq today condemned the killing of a professor at the University of Baghdad and urged authorities to investigate the murder.According to security reports, Dr. Ahmed Shakir, a specialist in cardio-vascular diseases and professor at the University’s Faculty of Medicine, was killed when a bomb planted in his car exploded on 1 July in Zaafaraniyya, south of Baghdad.“A clear message must be sent to the perpetrators that their acts will not go unpunished,” said Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Office (UNESCO) in Baghdad.“UNESCO condemns this terrible act and offers its deep condolences to Dr. Shaker’s family and friends, as well as his colleagues and students at the University of Baghdad,” Ms. Haxthausen added. Acts of violence committed against academics and scientists in Iraq remain a main cause of brain drain, eroding the human capital of the country, the UN agency said.Teachers and professors are the true advocates of durable peace and sustainable development in Iraq, added Ms. Haxthausen. read more

Windows 8 Release Preview ready for download in June

first_imgBeen waiting for something a bit more polished than the Windows 8 Consumer Preview before taking the new OS for a test drive? You don’t have much longer to wait. According to Microsoft, you’ll be able to download the Windows 8 Release Preview by the first week of June.That’s slightly behind schedule if you go by the Windows 7 timeline — its Release Candidate arrived in May ahead of the RTM in July and retail availability in October. Windows 8 is set to hit store shelves in October, too, so it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft can smooth out all the rough edges despite the shorter gap between releases.The news was revealed by Microsoft’s Windows honcho Steven Sinofsky at Windows 8 Dev Days in Japan. Curiously, the company opted to use the old Windows logo in their slideshow instead of the newer, more Metro version. According to the official Building Windows 8 Twitter account, it’s just an oversight — there’s no going back now.As for what differences you can expect between the Consumer Preview and Release Preview, nothing has been officially revealed yet. One good possibility is stronger SkyDrive integration, what with the official launch of the desktop synchronization app for Windows and Mac and the availability of paid cloud storage upgrades.One thing that has been revealed is how much usage the Windows 8 Preview builds are getting. Microsoft says that they’re seeing twice as much usage of Windows 8 as they did with Windows 7 pre-releases over the same span of time. Maybe there are just that many more people who want to know where the Start Button has gone…More at V3last_img read more

65 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of northern California

first_img Dec 8th 2016, 3:45 PM 18 Comments 21,705 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share2 Tweet Email 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of northern California Seismologists said that no major tsunami threat was expected. Image: Image: A 6.5 MAGNITUDE earthquake has struck off the coast of northern California, but no major tsunami threat was expected, seismologists said.The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 6.49am (2.49pm GMT), was located 157 kilometres west of Ferndale, California at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no Pacific-wide tsunami threat was expected from the event, and there was no specific threat to Hawaii.- © AFP, 2016More as we get it. Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 3:45 PM By AFPlast_img read more